Amid coronavirus fears, new 'Wuhan Shake' greeting video goes viral1 min read . Updated: 03 Mar 2020, 03:37 PM IST
- The viral greeting comes a t a time when health officials around the globe have discouraged close contact with each other
- Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that there was no need to panic, but also advised to take precautionary measures
As the novel coronavirus is spreading across the world resulting in fear and panic for everyone, people have come up with an innovative way to greet each other. Known as the 'Wuhan shake', the Chinese are embracing a new way to greet each other, well, not literally, but by shaking their foot.
In a new clip that has gone viral on Twitter, people are seen wearing face masks and saying hello to each other by tapping their feet together. The 'Wuhan Shake' got its name from the Chinese city Wuhan, from where the virus spread across the country and also in 60 other countries in the world, including India.
“People in China found another way to greet since they can’t shake hands," posted a Twitter user with the viral video. “The Wuhan shake. I love how people can adapt and keep a sense of humour about stressful situations."
Watch the video here:
"The wuhan shake is the new handshake," wrote one Twitter user while posting about it.
The video has already garnered more than 50,000 views and 1,000 retweets and is being liked and encouraged by everyone on the micro-blogging site as an alternative yet creative way to greet each other in order to mitigate the virus spread.
Funny Twitter was also not behind in following the trend. "Be prepared for a mass outbreak of athlete's foot! Gonna call it OldFeet-19", tweeted a user.
The viral greeting comes as health officials around the world have discouraged close contact amid the coronavirus outbreak. The virus is slowly encroaching upon Indian borders too.
With fresh cases emerging in the capital of India with two positive cases detected in the country's capital, panic-stricken citizens have been advised to take precautions and self-protect themselves. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that there was no need to panic, but also advised to take precautionary measures.
Globally, the virus has killed more than 3,100 people and infected over 90,000 even as a clear shift in the crisis emerges, with nine times as many new cases recorded outside China as inside, according to the World Health Organization.